Impact Stories Updated Visitor Policy 1.4.22

 

Temporary Visitor Restrictions –Updated 1/4/22

LCMC Health remains committed to providing a safe environment for our employees, physicians, and other members of our team, as well as patients and their loved ones. In response to continuation of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations across the State of Louisiana, temporary visitor restrictions will remain in place. This quick reference guide includes specific information for East Jefferson General Hospital.

Adult Inpatient and Outpatient Care:

COVID-19 Negative Patients:

  • Visitation of patients, who are not COVID positive, will be limited to one visitor/patient support person (18 years or older) per day.
  • One visitor, for non-COVID patients, will be allowed to stay overnight if specific unit normally accommodates an overnight visitor.
  • Exceptions will be made for patients in end-of-life care, or critical illness on a case-by-case basis and at the discretion of hospital administration.
  • Inpatient Behavioral Health visitation will be determined by hospital specific unit guidelines. Visitors should coordinate with treatment teams for approved visitation hours (Usually allowed between 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm M-F and 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Sat/Sun)
  • Visitor entry into the hospital is only allowed between 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days per week.

COVID-19 Positive Patients:

  • COVID-19 Positive patients will not be allowed visitors in person at this time. However, we will help facilitate virtual visits as much as possible.
  • Exceptions will be made for patients in end-of-life care, or critical illness on a case-by-case basis and at the discretion of hospital administration.
  • Communication with patients can be coordinated, contact the care team for more information.

Outpatient Care/Same Day Surgery:

One visitor allowed. One visitor will be allowed to stay overnight if specific unit normally accommodates an overnight visitor. Outlined below are individual cases where visitors are a necessary part of the patient’s care and therefore will be permitted.

 

Skilled Nursing

Skilled Nursing facilities are excluded from this document and will follow State guidance. Please contact a Skilled Nursing Team Member at 504-503-4699 for further information.

 

Family Birthing Center:

  • All visitors entering facility for the Family Birthing Center will be required to show identification.
  • For laboring, antepartum, and postpartum patients, one adult visitor is allowed per patient per day. Visitor must be 18 years of age or older. The same adult visitor will be allowed to stay overnight if specific unit normally accommodates an overnight visitor. A doula will also be allowed (front desk to call L&D charge nurse upon arrival)
  • For NICU, 2 visitors will be banded for NICU and will be allowed 24/7 visitation

Emergency Department:

Visitation to the Emergency Department may be further restricted by physical space limitations and acuity of patients within the Emergency Department. One visitor may be permitted at the discretion of hospital administration.

Screening and Mask Process:

• All visitors will be required to clear a health screening prior to entering the facility and will receive and armband. Visitors who are COVID-19 positive or have flu-like symptoms are not allowed to visit.

• All visitors must wear a mask properly over nose and mouth at all times while in the facility, including while in a patient’s room except while eating or drinking.

Thank you for your support and continued trust in our care.